Skull Crack Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Huntsville, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.7 miElevation gain830 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Great hike along Causey Reservoir Trail Skull crack Trail on the South shore of Causey reservoir is a beautiful hiking trail winding its way from the South parking area to the furthermost reaches of the Eastern arm of the lake . The trail rises gently to about 700 feet above the lake then returns to lake level. This trail is popular among hikers. Bikers. Horses riders and fishermen and all others who love a good hike and a beautiful view. During the summer the lake turn an awesome aqua green due to the minerals found in the water. The lake is also a popular spot for canoes, and kayaks. This trail is very popular during spring summer and fall but has also been known to attract a few winter snowshoers . So what ever your pleasure you will find it at Skull Crack and Causey Reservoir.

Large Parking area at the Trailhead with Restrooms available. This parking area gets crowded from all the Kayakers that launch from this area.

Wasatch Cache National Forest 125 South State Street Salt Lake City Utah

From I-15, take the Ogden 12th Street exit (SR-39). Continue east on SR-39 through Ogden Canyon and past Pine view Reservoir to Huntsville. In Huntsville SR-39 takes a 90 degree turn to the east (Right) continue and follow the signs until you get to the dam. Cross the dam and follow the road around the south arm until you reach the parking area. The distance from Ogden is about 25 miles.

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Kristofer Kristofer Sanchez
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beautiful views, trail is icy and muddy more than it is dry.

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Chad Oborn
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Muddy low and snowy and icy up higher. Didn’t see any other hikers.

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Alyssa Day
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Mike Filley
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good quiet trail. passed a few people. good work out. ice in trail 4 3 21.

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Mark Harrington
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Nate Davis
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Very few humans. Not much shade. Reservoir water level was very low because of the time of year. Trail is used ALOT by horses with evidence left all over the entire trail. Beware of rattlesnakes.

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Elodie Johnson
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Very peaceful trail, just the sound of the wind, birds and water. Has a good combination of climbs and descents, which make it nice for kids. Lots of variety in the flora. Beautiful views. I didn’t encounter many hikers early afternoon.

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Steve McBride
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D3athw1nd User
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Alaina De Young
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JoAnn Adams
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To late to see the salmon but still a fun hike.

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Sonya Lybarger
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Jon Pearson
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Fun for kids and the family!

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Amy Christiansen
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We went in the early fall. There were some beautiful fall colors. Some nice views of the canyons. I didn't find the reservoir all that impressive. Nothing super challenging on the trail. The river at the end is a nice place for a picnic.

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Tim Lucero
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Samson Tufts
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HikingGreat!

Fairly easy for teens and adults. We saw 7 fish swimming...keep going up stream to see more.

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Shawn Pitcher
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Maureen Richey
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Easy Hike, no fish left, only saw 2 dead fish. It is more like 5 miles round trip. But the fall colors are gorgeous right now. Did the trail in morning and no one was on it other than us.

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Melanee Dahl
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We only saw 12 fish. But the leaves are gorgeous. Great hike. Not very difficult.

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Jennifer Virgil
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Leticia Mendez
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Nice trail, very narrow and very busy. Hike is really 6 miles in and out.

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Amanda Johnston
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Easy, but narrow trail. There were a few steep areas, but nothing too crazy. Beautiful views, especially if you go early in the morning.

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Annie Howes
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Challenging and busy. Beautiful foliage.

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Justin Owen
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Matt Stuart
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Gorgeous leaves. Not many salmon on 9/18.

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Kelli Cottrell
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Veneta Sisneros-Stokes
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Great hike and perfect weather. Only a few Salmon left but still fun to see them .

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Angela Shepherd
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Not many Salmon, but they were spanning beautifully. Gorgeous colors of the trees already changing. Went at 9:00am got back at 11:30am.

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